Do you believe that Sen. Manny Villar came from a poor family?

Philippines
March 19, 2010 8:30am CST
"Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap", I remembering this line as a part of Senator Manny Villar's campaign ad on television. He claims being from a poor family. I was surprised when I read his online biography. It states that he finished his education at Holy Child Catholic School, his high school education at Mapua Institute of Technology and finished his bachelor and master's degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Indigent kids usually study at public schools. It is a middle class option to enroll kids to a private school. I am not against the Senator Manny Villar. I'm a little perplexed why do he have to project as poor? So, what do you think?
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18 responses
@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
19 Mar 10
I really don't know what is the truth about that. But One thing I'm sure of, I will not gonna vote him as president. I just don't like him and I just feel that way. I will go for other candidates for President.
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
I agree. I wont also be voting for him whether he really is or isn't from a poor family. It doesn't matter to me anyway.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
I don't believe anymore in the politicians they do anything just to win. It is hard to believe what they are telling us. I don't know who I'm gonna vote for president. He is claiming that he comes from poor family and he would not steal money from the government because he is already rich. He is using his power to acquire more money like building many subdivisions.
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
Yes I think so. Since he came out to the public eye and started his career as a politician, he claim he came from a poor family. His got a good fortune and worked his way up the ladder. He is a very good example. Since then, his name was not involved in any malicious politival issue. When he expressed his will to run for Presidency, a lot of issues came out questioning his wealth. These issues, however, may have been brought out to damage his good name.
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
Well, maybe. Rags to riches is not impossible seeing people who really can detest it. But his name was involved with the controversial C5 extension.
@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
8 Apr 10
I am against Manny Villar and I have good reasons to be so. I hate liars and users and Villar is. You see he is lying! He is claiming to be poor when he was not. He may not be as super rich as today but he was never poor because she has a hardworking mother who earned good money as market vendor. He was never like the poor of today who could not eat three times a day and could not afford even public education because they have not money to pay for their transportation, no money for their shoes, no money for their baon. Villar was never like that. He is a liar and taking advantage of the fact that he was form Tondo and would like to captitalize on the word "poor". I don't like him. I am not voting for him and my reasons are here: http://hubpages.com/hub/notformannyvillar
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
4 Apr 10
i think he is not one of thee mahirap or the poor he looks like he is only using the poor people for his advantage.
@arakawaii (271)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Yes, I believe that he really came from a poor family, studying at private school would not mean that you're rich, sometimes there are mothers that would insist to send their child to private school for better education even if they can't eat 3 meals a day... I know a relative that send her child to a private school even if she's poor...
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
i'm not sure if i'm going to vote manny villar.. as for now i couldn't still decide who is my president but one thing i would like you to know that i am not an anti-villar... The truth is that i like his legacy. He was raised from a poor family but because of his dedicated and strong determination to get successful in life... He arrived on this peak..i just can't understand why do people find time and difficult to understand What is Manny Villar advocates.
• Philippines
21 Mar 10
I believe that senator Villar was poor but not that really poor. Maybe his family when he was young got lucky with their business in Tondo so they had the opportunity to send the Villar kids to a good school. A private school during his times is not charging so high with the tuition fees. Regards with UP in fairness the state university is a public institution. Know that "plain folks" propaganda? This is a device used by politicians by appearing to people like ourselves - "just plain folks among neighbors"; they carry babies, eat with their bare hands and even ride in the ordinary jeepney. I'm not saying this for Villar; it's for you to decide.
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
I believe that not all poor people should attend public schools and not finish college. During the past years, poor people can study in private schools and finish their degree with no restrictions. That's why there is something we call scholarship right? If you know the whereabouts of scholarship you wouldn't find it hard to understand the possibility of finishing college in a private school. One thing is poor peoples can ask for financial assistance from their rich and wealthy relatives. THey can even pawn their prized possesions they have. In my opinion it doesn't have to be that when your poor you can't have the finest life....of course you still can. You just have to work extra hard...or have the longest patience and ability to be confident that you can do something to meet your dreams. In this manner, Manny Villar may have the capacity to really succeed in life not just because of the scarcity of his resources but because he has the will to be successful. He never gave up on life...just remember that being poor doesn't mean you can't reach your dreams....please do understand that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU ONLY BELIEVE IN IT AND YOU DO SOMETHING WITH IT.
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
Yeah villar is a dumb*A but.. villar is ok for me in president unlike others? hmm only noynoy and villar is nice for president.. but others is not..
@bubblesh (10)
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
Villar is just a dumb a** who wants to be in the palace. Yeah i admit, he is poor before, he's intention is to be the president and buy all the vacant lot and convert it into subdivision. :)
@my4cats (101)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Yes, he does! He came from a poor family. He was a scholar and he worked hard so he could survive on his studies. He was a fish vendor and he dreamt not only for himself but for his family as well. My mother and I used to work at Palmera, Inc. As we all know, it is a housing project in the Philippines. He would always tell to his employees that "sipag at tyaga" is the key to success, and that includes humility, as well.. =)
20 Mar 10
Correct!!! Why does he have to project that he came from a poor family just to get the position? Then he's saying that he just want to serve and not just to corrupt money from the government? We can serve or help others if we have money, and if we just want to. Even if we don't have position in the government. This is just my opinion, no offense for those who are pro manny.
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
Yeah i believe manny villar from a poor family.. coz my grandma know who is father of manny villar. he's from TONDO manila.. so Tondo manila is have a lot of trouble and small squater area.. that's the reason i believe him :)
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
Well I think he belonged to a middle class family but I do not think he belonged to the poorest of the poor. He was able to get good education and really got good in making money on his own way. But I do not think that his business is doing well all these years. There seems to be problems in some of his businesses he created and only his real estate business seems to have work. I think that is the reason why he ran for political position to rather save his businesses that aren't doing good. When he ran for congress I think the problem hounding him stopped because he got protection from the position. He became famous for being on the right position every time there is political turmoil. When under Erap he transferred to GMA's side to support her and that is the reason why he was able to grab senatorial seat under her administration. But when GMA's popularity slowly fades away he slowly kept his distance away from her. He slowly made his way to create his own name as being a good man that came from the working class. I would say he is a good tactician politician. He knows when he would transfer his loyalty. Now I guess this will be his biggest gamble for his political career but I do not want to join in his bandwagon because of the enormity of money he is spending on his campaign. I think he could drain our government if given the chance.
@mareca11 (212)
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
Well dear, I think you are generalizing that all poor kids should just study at a public school. You should know that that's not the case always. Many rich children study in public schools. And you can get scholarships in grade school and in high school. Not that i'm pro Villar or anythings, maybe he is really that poor. In UP Diliman, there are many students in Business Administration (where Villar had his undergraduate studies) are poor too. Most of them are from below poverty. So, I guess what he's saying is true. Now, your question is, if ever he was not this really poor kid why did he have to project himself as a poor person. Well, look at our society. The largest chunk of our society came from the poor. So, the easiest way to get votes is to touch the hearts of the poor.
• Philippines
20 Mar 10
I think, he came from a poor family, maybe of average one. Maybe during his childhood, he do some part time job or his parent are very hardworking. maybe thats why
• Canada
20 Mar 10
I honestly don't care if he's poor or not.. pls don't get me wrong. i have nothing against him either. it's just that every time he has interviews, he just keeps on talking how poor he was. Oh please.. one interview about it is enough, i don't see a need in repeating it over and over again.. Filipinos now are smarter than before.. i don't think the "paawa" effect would be a good strategy to put him in the position. that's my opinion though.. peace ;)
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
I think Senator Villar did come from a poor family and that it was due to "sipag at tiyaga" (For non-Filipino myLotters: Industriousness and Endurance). A recent commercial about the trash scavenger who strived for his child to graduate college seems hard to believe but it is possible sometimes. Also, I don't know but maybe Sen. Villar became a working student during those times. Nothing is impossible if a person has the determination, perseverance, and belief in God to achieve something.